Wonder Woman Storms To The Top Of The Box Office This Weekend
Though many would argue that Wonder Woman was a bonafide win for the DC Extended Universe even before it hit theatres, given its fantastic reviews and positive buzz, we really needed to wait for those all important box office numbers to roll in before the celebrations could commence. Now that they have, however, DC fans can feel free to breathe a sigh of relief, as Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster has scored a mighty impressive $100.5 million opening on home turf – which should have WB execs smiling from ear to ear.
Initial estimates put the Gal Gadot-led flick at around $75 million, so this is definitely a welcome surprise. It’s also a new record for the biggest opening by a female director, knocking Fifty Shades of Grey‘s $85.1 million off the top spot. Not only that, but Wonder Woman is also now the 16th superhero movie ever to cross $100 million on its opening weekend. And, that’s only domestically. Once you factor in the international numbers, which come to $122.5 million, the Amazonian princess’ solo outing now has a total of $223 million under its belt.
Elsewhere at the box office this weekend, there wasn’t a whole lot going on. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie brought in $23.5 million, while Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales took the third spot with $22 million. Rounding out the top 5 were Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with $10 million and Baywatch with $8.5 million.
Looking ahead, Wonder Woman won’t be facing too much competition in the weeks to come, though The Mummy could definitely steal some audience members away. Aside from that though, we expect the film to continue to dominate until Transformers: The Last Knight barrels into theatres on the 21st.